An ovoid box, delicately enamelled with scenes of 'European subjects' in the famille rose palette. The lid shows wild horses in a landscape, surrounded by a Bacchus motif. On the inside a europeanised landscape and a couple, which shows particularly well that the artist was unfamiliar with the West. On the bottom of the box, as if hidden, two dragons in black, green and bright yellow and red.
The decorative schemes on these kinds of enamelwares are European in origin, yet the manner in which they are painted, with distictive fleshtones for example, is also noticeably influenced by European painting styles. These new styles were brought to China by the Jesuits and found considerable favour with the Qianlong emperor and the upper classes. Stylistically, this work is characterised by a bolder use of colour and a more flamboyant attituted towards decorative themes.